A Summer Wedding Shower

By Kelli Hall, a Minted Community Designer

I recently hosted a summer wedding shower for a close friend. The event drew inspiration from the bride’s love of soft blush tones, her romantic style and the smallest hint of edgy black for good measure. And, since she’s a writer, I couldn’t resist throwing in some typographic touches. Check it out for all the details, along with a simple guide for creating your own.

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clay letter cake toppers

By Melanie Blodgett of You Are My Fave

The next time an occasion calls for cake, forgo the tacky toy toppers and personalize your very own message by making these letter toppers. They take less than an hour (including baking time) and can be used over and over again. You might just want to make the entire alphabet to keep on hand.

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Fairy Twig Wand Party Favors

By Lindsey of Unforgettable Impressions

I have always been a huge fan of the imagination. As a child I often times would be found chatting away to my imaginary friend while playing dolls and having tea parties. There is something just so special about children and their imaginations. Now that I am a mom I so want to encourage my children to use their special imaginations on a daily basis and to live in their own sweet little worlds.

I love to make fun projects that I can create and share with my kids and these adorable Fairy Twig Wands are certainly one of those sweet projects. You can have your children help you collect the twigs for this project and pick out the ribbon too! Your little princess will love helping make such a special toy that she then can use again and again for all of her royal gatherings!
They also make wonderful little party favors and decorations for any little fairy party and look adorable set out on a table in a vase. You can make them in any color combination to match your event or decor…
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Three More Calligraphers to Consider

Wedding Calligraphy

// All images above via Plurabelle Calligraphy + Design Studio //

You are now in high gear planning out all of the details for your wedding and may have come to the point where you need to decide whether or not you’d like to hire a calligrapher to create a custom look for your special occasion. My opinion? Do it. You will have the opportunity to create with an artist and build a package that is unique to you and your partner. Calligraphy and custom lettering will add those eye catching details that you see in the wedding magazines. There are hundreds, maybe even thousands of talented people to choose from adding yet another to-do to your wedding planning list. Kelli Hall highlighted a few last month and I’m also showcasing three of my favorites that I am always keeping tabs on today. They are constantly creating and impressing with their skills. Read on for more of my picks…

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DIY Indoor Outdoor Mesh Bunting

By Jenny Batt of Hank + Hunt.

Remember those giant yarn cross stitch mesh sheets? When I was picking up some craft supplies, as if I need any more, I noticed a pop of mint. Since a true mint hue is hard to come by pre-made, I had to see what it was.  turns out, it was a shelf full of colored mesh plastic sheets.  Like many items at the craft store I immediately wanted to make a bunting out of it. What is really great is that these sheets are made of plastic, which means you can hang them outside for all those last minute summer parties. If it rains, it’s perfectly ok. These look so much better than those vinyl garlands from the used car lot, right? Let’s make some quick and easy indoor outdoor bunting with a few mesh sheets and some sharp scissors.

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DIY Notebooks from Cereal Boxes

By Merrilee of Mer Mag

Whether you and your little one are off on adventures enjoying the last weeks of summer or already gearing up for back-to-school, you’ll both love this simple DIY notebook craft. Made from simple recycled materials, they are a breeze to make and will have your little adventurer recording their travels or sketching wildlife (which include zombies in our neck of the woods) in no time.

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DIY Party Blowers

By Olivia Kanaley, DIY Editor

Party blowers

Add some pop to your party! These custom party blowers are an extra special accent at any affair and best of all you can alter the colors to suit your style. We choose a palette of bright jewel tones and metallics for a dramatic summer look.  Read on for complete instructions.
Party blowers

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Wedding Trends: Grace, Audrey and Bianca

By Celisse, Perfection Team at Minted

What do Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn and Bianca Jagger have in common?

Their striking individuality.

When I think about weddings, or my dream wedding, I get a bit nervous. Weddings, I think to myself, are supposed to be a certain way: traditional & formal. Right? Well, they certainly can be, but do they HAVE to be? Not at all. Just like Grace, Audrey and Bianca we are all uniquely our own. We too have our own tastes, styles, likes and dislikes. Our own favorite songs, flavors and flower and what I am learning is that you your wedding day doesn’t have to be anything but exactly what you hope it to be.

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Polka Dot Fans

By Rachael Smith of Penelope and Pip

Polka Dot Fans DIY

If you’re having a summer wedding, you’ll no doubt want to offer your guests a pretty way to stay cool.

These polka dot fans can be made in the palette of your wedding and only take a minute to make. They’ll make your photos pop with gorgeous colour too.

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